Goldstrike Hot Springs are a collection of beautiful pools perched in a slot canyon with many small waterfalls feeding into the Colorado River just below the Boulder Dam. The pools range in temperature from warm to very hot, and visitors can select their soak based on temperature preference and their tolerance for crowds. While such an area seems like an oasis in the dry region of Southern Nevada, there are a few caveats that hikers should be aware of before taking on the hike.
First, because the hike traces a narrow canyon wash to the pools and the Colorado River, there is a significant risk for flash flooding in this area. Second, this area is prone to dangerously high daytime temperatures (the Lake Mead National Recreation Area has occasionally closed the trail because of hot summer weather). This is also a strenuous and technical trail that requires hikers to use several ropes to climb down slick and steep rock faces, walk through the lower portions of the stream, and climb 920 feet from the river's edge to the trailhead on the hike out. Finally, the proximity of Goldstrike Hot Springs to the Las Vegas metro area has made it a very popular hike, and you can expect to see other people, sometimes dozens of them, on your trip to the springs.
Prepared hikers making the trek will be treated to a number of pools with varying degrees of temperature, size, and privacy. Flooding to the area and fluctuations in spring outlets have changed the location of several of the pools over time, but the water is clear and has no traces of sulfurous odor. Pools range from intimate and shallow reservoirs that have been walled in by a line of sandbags to large bowls constructed with stone and cement walls.
The hike itself is down a sandy wash and includes a lot of scrambling over and around drops and clusters of boulders. The hike stays relatively straightforward until hikers reach the first springs. Not far beyond those is when more climbing and scrambling becomes necessary to continue down the canyon. The nicer pools are further down, and some are located beside waterfalls and in caves and recesses in the canyon walls.
There are no facilities of any kind at the parking area or along the springs. Trash, restrooms, and supplies can be purchased at the Hoover Dam Lodge Casino located about a half mile west of the trailhead exit.